Holy Nativity’s Jr. Pre-K program is focused on introducing our students to the joys of school, friendship and a love for learning. Our classrooms are equipped with play areas that provide opportunities for dramatic play, expansion of the imagination and gross/fine motor development while learning to cooperate and interact with others. We strive to teach them how to treat others with dignity and respect, through our school rules of “Love God” and “Love your neighbor”. Students are eased into the school routine by learning how to be independent and responsible for their belongings, transitioning to different activities and becoming an active member of instructional and play time.
We adhere to the traditional concept that you can never read too many books to a child while also incorporating today’s cutting edge technology through the use of iPads and computers. Our academics for the Jr. Pre-K program include but are not limited to:
Upper and lowercase letter identification
Number sense and sequencing
Shape recognition and handwriting
We use such tools as “Mat Man” from the Handwriting Without Tears program to learn about correct formation of letters, positional concepts and body awareness. We use a letter of the week theme and incorporate numerous art projects and a weekly science project to reinforce each letter we are studying. Some examples of our science projects include making homemade play-doh, planting and growing seeds, and studying the mixtures of colors to create new colors. To ensure continuity through out their schooling at HNES, we begin teaching key vocabulary from our school-wide Singapore math program so that our children are familiar with some of the math terms as they advance. We specifically work on number bonds and explore how numbers work together to create a larger number.
Jr. Pre-K is an important step for every child to easily transition into the next level of rigor of the school routine and academics.